Social Connections and the Technological Singularity

The internet has given rise to many revolutionary changes in the way we interact, learn and even conduct commerce. It seems non has been so dramatic as the virtual social network revolution  This seems like just the beginning of a complex system that will eventually ingratiate itself into the human cognition loop.

As the complexity of the networks evolve it casts a shadow of larger changes to come.
One of which could be the technological singularity.

The technological singularity is the theoretical emergence of superintelligence through technological means. Since the capabilities of such intelligence may be difficult for an unaided human mind to comprehend, the technological singularity is often seen as an occurrence, akin to a singularity, beyond which events cannot be predicted, yet many have made educated guesses about what will follow.

The first use of the term "singularity" in this context was by mathematician John von Neumann. Neumann in the mid-1950s spoke of "ever accelerating progress of technology and changes in the mode of human life, which gives the appearance of approaching some essential singularity in the history of the race beyond which human affairs, as we know them, could not continue". The term was popularized by science fiction writer Vernor Vinge, who argues that artificial intelligence, human biological enhancement, or brain-computer interfaces could be possible causes of the singularity.

Futurist Ray Kurzweil cited von Neumann's use of the term in a foreword to von Neumann's classic The Computer and the Brain.Proponents of the singularity typically postulate an "intelligence explosion",where super intelligences design successive generations of increasingly powerful minds, that might occur very quickly and might not stop until the agent's cognitive abilities greatly surpass that of any human.
Kurzweil predicts the singularity to occur around 2045[5] whereas Vinge predicts some time before 2030. At the 2012 Singularity Summit, Stuart Armstrong did a study of artificial generalized intelligence (AGI) predictions by experts and found a wide range of predicted dates, with a median value of 2040. His own prediction on reviewing the data is that there's an 80% probability that the singularity will occur between 2017 and 2112